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Bathroom bill will be far ranging; purports to define gender, bans living wage laws

signageAs had been feared, the outrageous plan to override the Charlotte anti-discrimination ordinance in today’s planned kangaroo session of the General Assembly goes much further than just bathrooms.

Under the bill that will apparently be considered today (NC Policy Watch obtained a copy last night – click here to view the draft), not only will lawmakers purport to say who and who can’t go in public restrooms anywhere in North Carolina, the state of North Carolina will also “define” transgender people out of existence (the bill defines ones’ “biological sex” as “the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s birth certificate”) and bar all local governments from enacting living wage ordinances. It is, in short, a huge and far ranging power grab that that is both stunning in its breadth and scope and outrageous in its disregard for human rights and common decency. It will also, by all appearances, be rammed through in just a matter of hours.

Of course, wild overreaches of this kind have a way of backfiring on their authors. The religious and market fundamentalists behind the bathroom bill may think they will have “settled” the matters included in it, but in truth, all they will have done is help give rise to an even more powerful movement for justice and equality that will sweep this law aside in the near future.

For those interested in joining that cause, advocates at Equality NC and the ACLU of NC will be hosting a rally for equality and justice tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 5:45 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave. Click here for more information.

4 Comments


  1. Laurie

    March 23, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Wow, they are delusional.
    I understand they want to legislate their Idea of Morality, but they are so far off the mark on reality including how to attract businesses to NC.

  2. Ashley

    March 23, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I like how Article 49B is entitled “Equal Access to Public Accommodations” while stripping people of Equal Access–especially in that it explicitly creates a discriminated class in the same breath “designating…bathrooms or changing facilities by biological sex…shall not be deemed to be discrimination.”

  3. Alex Jones

    March 23, 2016 at 11:04 am

    One could argue this is not even a free-market bill: It prohibits businesses from accommodating transgendered customers in a way that’s consistent with tolerance and respect. HB2 is an exercise in authoritarianism.

  4. Ruth Lenger

    March 23, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    So as a female, if I cut my hair short and wear a suit, will I also have to carry my birth certificate with me to us the potty?? And who is going to be standing at the doors?? What will their swasti…ooops, I mean, uniforms look like?

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